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Shanghai Vegetarian Restaurants

Huangpu District

1. Godly Nanjingxi Road Branch

Godly, a time-honored brand that enjoys a history of about 90 years, has been named the originator of vegetarian food. The dishes “tea smoked duck” and “crab meat fried with butter” are rated as famous Chinese dishes; the dish “arhat vegetarian noodles” is rated as the famous Chinese ordered dish; the dishes “sweet and sour yellow croaker”, “sliced ham, bamboo shoots, meat, and lentinus edodes wrapped in a piceus fillet” and “maigre abalone cooked with broccoli” are rated as famous Shanghai dishes; the dishes “crab meat fried with butter”, “shredded finless eels cooked in sesame oil” and “fish stewed with bean curd and celery cabbage” are rated as famous vegetarian dishes. Also, once you enter the restaurant, you will find it has a sense of Zen and that of antique beauty. The food portion of each dish may be small, but they are affordable.

  • Chinese name:功德林(南京西路店)Gongde Lin
  • Recommended dishes: vegetarian roast “duck” (素鸭), stewed “crab meat” (蟹粉), tofu with the taste of crab meat (蟹粉豆腐), vegetarian noodles (素面), sweet and sour “spare ribs” (糖醋排骨), steamed gluten (烤麸), fried “crab meat” (清炒蟹粉), fried wheat gluten (油面筋), quick-fried shredded “finless eel” (油爆鳝丝), fried “fish” slices with wine (糟溜鱼片), fried noodles (炒面)
  • Kindly reminder:Maybe sometimes you will see “meat” or “fish”, but actually it is vegetarian food that is made to resemble meat or fish. And the dishes may even taste more delicious than authentic meat and fish, from which we can have an idea of the excellent craftsmanship of the cooks. So even if you are a pure vegetarian, you can be rest assured that you can eat all of the food there.
  • Average price per person:64 yuan
  • Address: 445, Nanjingxi Road, Huangpu District 黄浦区南京西路445号
  • Tel: 021-20233317
  • Opening hours:6.30am – 9.30am; 11am – 2pm; 5pm – 8.30pm
  • Transportation:Take Bus 20, 37 or 921; or take Subway Line 1 and get off at People’s Square (人民广场);or take Subway Line 2 and get off at Nanjingxi Road.
  • Special services: Free parking and a swiping card facility is available.

Godly Jinqiao Guoji Branch 功德林(金桥国际店)

  • Recommended dishes: stewed “crab meat” (蟹粉), steamed buns (小笼包), stir-fried noodles with white mushrooms and dried mushrooms (双菇面), soup cooked with pumpkin and carrot (长寿汤), vegetable bun (菜包), fried “crab meat” (清炒蟹粉), quick-fried shredded “finless eel” (油爆鳝丝), fried noodles (炒面)
  • Kindly reminder:The “meat” and “fish” dishes are all made from vegetarian ingredients.
  • Average price per person:64 yuan
  • Address: 309 Block 8, Jinqiao Int' Commercial Plaza, 3611 Zhangyang Road, Pudongxin District 浦东新区张杨路3611号金桥国际商业广场8座309号
  • Tel: 021-63270218 or 021-63272181
  • Opening hours:11am – 10pm
  • Transportation: Take Bus 130, 573, 618, 638, 791, 874, 991 or 993.
  • Special services: Free parking and a swiping card facility is available.

Godly Yunnan Nanlu Branch 功德林(云南南路店)

  • Recommended dishes: vegetarian roast “duck” (素鸭), dried bean curd (豆腐干), sweet green rice balls (青团)
  • Kindly reminder:The “meat” and “fish” dishes are all made from vegetarian ingredients.
  • Average price per person:26 yuan
  • Address: 10 Yunnan South Road, Pudongxin District黄浦区云南南路10号
  • Tel: 021-63270218 or 021-63272181
  • Opening hours:9am – 7pm
  • Transportation:Take Bus 1, 71, 127, 311 (night bus), 454, 455, 934 or Subway Line 6 and get off at Zhejiang Middle Road in Yan’an East Road (延安东路浙江中路), and then walk about 69 meters.
  • Special services: Free parking and a swiping card facility is available.

Godly Nan Dan Road Branch 功德林(南丹路店)

  • Recommended dishes: vegetarian roast “duck” (素鸭), stir-fried noodles with white mushrooms and dried mushrooms (双菇面), noodles cooked with agaric and gluten (木耳面筋面)
  • Kindly reminder:The “meat” and “fish” dishes are all made from vegetarian ingredients.
  • Average price per person:25 yuan
  • Address: 350 Nan Dan Road, Xv Hui District 徐汇区南丹路350号
  • Tel:021-64079272, 021-51580342
  • Opening hours:8am – 8pm
  • Transportation:Take Bus76 and get off at Panyu Road in Nan Dan Road (番禺路南丹路), and then walk about 171 meters.

Godly Wu Kang Road Branch 功德林(武康路店)

  • Recommended dishes: vegetarian roast “duck” (素鸭), vegetable bun (菜包), vegetarian noodles (素面), wonton (馄饨), stir-fried noodles with white mushrooms and dried mushrooms (双菇面), rice wine (米酒)
  • Kindly reminder:The “meat” and “fish” dishes are all made from vegetarian ingredients.
  • Average price per person:64 yuan
  • Address: 350 Nan Dan Road, Xv Hui District 徐汇区南丹路350号
  • Tel: 021-64718909, 021-62370218
  • Opening hours:9am – 8.30pm
  • Transportation: Take Bus 96 and get off at Wu Kang Road in Fuxing West Road (复兴西路武康路), and then walk about 66 meters.
  • Special services: A swiping card facility is available.

Godly Nan Zhan Branch 功德林(南站店)

  • Recommended dishes: vegetarian roast “duck” (素鸭), vegetable bun (菜包), vegetarian noodles (素面), wonton (馄饨), stir-fried noodles with white mushrooms and dried mushrooms (双菇面), rice wine (米酒)
  • Kindly reminder:The “meat” and “fish” dishes are all made from vegetarian ingredients.
  • Average price per person:64 yuan
  • Address: Floor 2 of Shanghai South Station, 399 Lao Hu Min Road, Xv Hui District 徐汇区老沪闵路 399号上海南站内2楼
  • Tel: 021-51100402
  • Opening hours:9am – 9pm
  • Transportation: Take Bus 164, 180 or 718 and get off at Shilong Road in Long Chuan North Road (龙川北路石龙路), and then walk about 70 meters.
  • Special services: A swiping card facility is available.

2. Hui Yuan Vegetarian Restaurant

This is a newly opened vegetarian restaurant with a fresh and elegant environment. Through the consummate cooks, many dishes seem and even taste like authentic meat or fish. There are Buddhist prayer rooms inside the restaurant, and on the second floor there are tea rooms in which you can taste tea and chat merrily with your close friends.

  • Chinese name:慧缘素食坊 Hui Yuan Sushi Fang
  • Recommended dishes: self-made “eel” kebab (自制鳗波排), gluten fried with mixed vegetarian food (慧缘溜面筋),Guang-style vegetarian “sausage” (广式素腊肠), fried vegetarian kebab (风味素串炸), sweet and sour dish (糖醋紫香段)
  • Kindly reminder: The “meat” and “fish” dishes are all made from vegetarian ingredients.
  • Average price per person:49 yuan
  • Address: 49, Huaihai East Road, Huangpu District 黄浦区淮海东路49号
  • Tel: 021-61350795
  • Opening hours:11am – 9pm
  • Transportation:1) Take Subway Line 8 and get off at Big World (大世界站); 2) Take Bus 17, 18, 23, 26, 42, 124, 220,736, 783, 911, 920, 926, 930, 932, 980, Tunnel Line 3 or Tunnel Line 8.
  • Special services: Free parking and a swiping card facility is available.

Luwan District

1. Vegetarian Lifestyle

Vegetarian Lifestyle, a time-honored brand, mainly serves vegetarian food. The environment there looks exceedingly elegant and generous, giving people a sense of serenity. And the staff members there have a cordial service attitude, which can be best demonstrated by the fact that every time a dish is served, they will greet the customer many times. But much of the food there is fried so if you just want to have purely vegetarian food, it is suggested that you give this restaurant a second thought.

However, the restaurant adheres to six things: 1) It adheres to smoke-free, alcohol-free, egg-free and meat-free food; 2) It adheres to a cooking process without using monosodium glutamate; 3) It adheres to a cooking process using purified water; 4) It adheres to the adoption of organic tea; 5) It adheres to all raw salad ingredients being organic vegetables; 6) It adheres to the rule of fruit being served first.

  • Chinese name:枣子树(淮海店)Zaozishu
  • Recommended dishes: chargrilled “steak” with pepper sauce (黑椒牛排), needle mushrooms, lentinus edodes, potatoes and bean curd skins steamed in black pepper (黑椒素牛排),barbecued “pork” pastry (叉烧酥), blancmange (牛奶冻), eight delicacies in a hot sauce (八宝辣酱), sweet and sour “pork” (咕咾肉), spinach dumplings (菠菜饺子), jujube jelly (枣子冻), vegetarian roast “pork” (素叉烧), vegetarian “sausage” (素肠), twice-cooked “pork” (回锅肉)
  • Kindly reminder:Maybe sometimes you will see “meat” or “fish”, but it is actually vegetarian food that is made to resemble meat or fish. And the dishes may even taste more delicious than authentic meat and fish, from which we can have an idea of the excellent craftsmanship of the cooks. So even if you are a pure vegetarian, you can be rest assured that you can eat all of the food there.
  • Average price per person:69 yuan
  • Address: Floor 1 of Shanghai Palace, 77 Chongshan Road, Luwan District (near Huaihaizhong Road) 卢湾区嵩山路77号上海皇宫内1楼 (近淮海中路)
  • Tel: 021-63848000 or 021-63855986
  • Opening hours:11am – 8.30pm
  • Transportation:Take Bus 581, 932, Tunnel Line 1 or Subway Line 1 and get off at the No. 2 Exit of South Huangpi Road (黄陂南路站).
  • Special services: Free parking, a swiping card facility is available, and afternoon tea is provided.

Vegetarian Lifestyle Jiangning Branch 枣子树(江宁店)

  • Average price per person:71 yuan
  • Address: 258 Fengxian Road, Jingan District (beside the Majestic Theater) 静安区奉贤路258号 (美琪剧院旁)
  • Tel:021-39497404, 021-52280693
  • Opening hours:10am – 10pm
  • Transportation:Take Bus 15, 21, 41, 112, 112 (interval), 128, 301 (night bus), 315 (night bus), 927, 939 or 955 and get off at Taixing Road of Beijingxi Road (北京西路泰兴路) and then walk about 90 meters.
  • Special services: A swiping card facility is available, wireless Internet is accessible, and afternoon tea is provided.

Vegetarian Lifestyle Yuan Shen Sports Center Branch 枣子树(源深体育中心店)

  • Average price per person:82 yuan
  • Address: Floor 3 of the Northern District of Yuan Shen Sports Center, 1458 Zhangyang Road, Pudongxin District 浦东新区张杨路1458号源深体育中心北区3楼
  • Tel:021-58219979
  • Transportation:Take Bus 169, 170, 339 (night bus), 630, 736, 783, 790, 791, 961 or Tunnel Line 3 and get off at Taolin Path in Zhangyang Road (张杨路桃林路) and then walk about 9 meters.
  • Special services: Parking is free, a swiping card facility is available, wireless Internet is accessible, and afternoon tea is provided.

Vegetarian Lifestyle Gu Bei Sports Center Branch 枣子树(古北店)

  • Address: Floor 1 of Paris, 848 Huangjincheng Road, Changning District 长宁区黄金城道848号巴黎花园1楼
  • Tel:021-58219979
  • Opening hours:8.30am – 8.30pm
  • Transportation:Take Bus 149 and get off at Huangjincheng Road in Yaohong Street (姚虹路黄金城道) and then walk about 130 meters.
  • Special services: Parking is free, a swiping card facility is available, wireless Internet is accessible, and afternoon tea is provided.

2. Pink Reineckea Herb

With the gentle and relaxing sound of the Santati album and the seven-stringed plucked instrument, the environment there will calm you down. The dishes are delicate and are not at all oily. The creative minds of the cooks can be indicated from the delicate appearance of the dishes, which can arouse one’s appetite to a great extent. Furthermore, the flavor of the dishes is proportionate to the appearance, making you reluctant to stop eating. Because of the popular business, sometimes you may need to wait for a seat, but not usually for too long.

  • Chinese name:吉祥草 Jixiangcao
  • Recommended dishes: bean curd cooked with a mixed stuffing inside (碧玉妆成), Kalimeris indica and dried bean curd cooked in a bean curd skin (菩提香袋),fungus and mushrooms fried with cumin powder (西域风情), fungus and mushrooms fried with black pepper (黑椒墨玉), vegetarian noodles cooked with spinach juice (碧波素面), sour and spicy vermicelli made from fern root (酸辣蕨根粉), barbecued “pork” pastry (叉烧酥), preserved plum cooked with yam (话梅山药), Dongpo “pork” (东坡肉), rice cooked from half-polished rice (糙米饭), mashed potato cooked with blueberry (蓝莓土豆泥)
  • Kindly reminder:All of the “meat” and “fish” dishes are made from vegetarian ingredients.
  • Average price per person:69 yuan
  • Address: Floor 2, 428 Madang Road, Luwan District 卢湾区马当路428号2楼
  • Tel: 021-63730288
  • Opening hours:11am – 9pm (except Mondays)
  • Transportation:1) Take Subway Line 9 and get off at Madang Road (马当路站); 2) Take Subway Line 10 and get off at New Field Station (新天地站);3) Take Subway Line 13 and get off near the passageway of Madang Road, World Expo (世博会马当路出入口附近).
  • Special services: Free parking, a swiping card facility is available, afternoon tea is provided, and wireless Internet is accessible.

Changning District

Wu Guan Tang Vegetarian Restaurant

With a simple and elegant environment, the restaurant inside, especially the sound of the seven-stringed plucked instrument, can calm you down. You can even appreciate books on Zen whenever you are waiting for the dishes. There is no vegetarian food served there that is resembles meat or fish. Even carbonated beverages can’t be found there. In view of the flourishing business, ordering meals in advance is suggested.

  • Chinese name:五观堂素食Wu Guan Tang Sushi
  • Recommended dishes:roast potatoes (烤土豆), delicacies wrapped in a cloth bag with blessings (五福布袋), bamboo rice with a lotus flavor (荷香竹笋饭), tomatoes stewed in vinegar and pepper (酸辣番茄锅仔), pumpkin stewed with eggs (金瓜炖蛋), unique soy-preserved radish (特色酱萝卜), QQ jelly made from milk and lotus roots (QQ牛奶莲藕冻), “eight-treasures” rice pudding (steamed glutinous rice with bean paste, lotus seeds, preserved fruit, etc.) (八宝饭), egg steamed with pumpkin (南瓜蒸蛋), eggplant cooked in a sesame paste (麻酱茄子)
  • Average price per person:77 yuan
  • Address: 349 Xinhua Road, Changning District 长宁区新华路349号
  • Tel:021-62813695
  • Opening hours:11.30am – 9.30pm
  • Transportation: Take Bus 48, 945, 946, 911 or 806.
  • Special services: Parking is free, a swiping card facility is available, and takeaway dishes can be sent.

Jingan District

Kush

This is a newly opened Western-style vegetarian restaurant. The area is not very large but the environment is pretty warm and clean. There are no dishes which resemble meat or fish, nor deep-fried food. Unlike many other vegetarian restaurants, Kush rids itself of the dense atmosphere of Buddhism. Meanwhile, Kush is also free from the mincing style of many other Western-style restaurants. What can be sensed there is refreshing and with a feeling of freedom. Both the light food and the elegant environment there will remove your worldly worries.

  • Recommended dishes:Arabic rolls (阿拉伯卷), cheesecake made with lemon and coconut (柠檬椰子芝士蛋糕), “hamburgers” made with lens (小扁豆汉堡), sea sedge rolls (海苔卷), soba noodles (芥麦面), chocolate balls with blueberry sauce (狂喜球)
  • Average price per person:99 yuan
  • Address: Building C, 98 Yanping Road, Jing’an District 静安区延平路98号C幢
  • Tel:021-51759822, 021-51759828
  • Opening hours:11am – 11pm
  • Transportation: 1) Take Bus 136 and get off at Xinzha Road in Jiaozhou Road (新闸路胶州路) and then walk about 110 meters; 2) Take Bus 40, 93, 113, 328 (night bus) or 830 and get off at Xinzha Road in Yanping Road (新闸路延平路) and then walk about 120 meters.
  • Special services: A swiping card facility is available, takeaway dishes can be sent, wireless Internet is accessible, and afternoon tea is provided.